Malmö shooter set to face murder charges

The 40-year-old man believed to be behind a string of shootings in Malmö in southern Sweden is to be formally charged on Monday for three murders and a slew of attempted murders after having spent 18 months on remand.

Peter Mangs, who has passed two birthdays in police custody since being arrested on November 6th 2010, denies charges that he is the man behind the string of shootings which spread fear among Malmö residents throughout 2010.

Mangs will face court on Monday to hear the charges he is set to face when Malmö district court convenes to try his case a week later.

The police investigation into the case has extended to a reported 7,500 pages – a file which will become a public document this week.

Periodic reports emerging from the police investigation since Mangs’ arrest have added further cases to the charge sheet and he is now expected to face charges relating to more than 20 cases of murder or attempted murder.

Police statements in October 2010 indicating that they were investigating whether a lone shooter with a racist motive was behind a string of attacks dating as far back as 2003 led to the suspect being compared to the “Laser Man” case of the early 1990s.

Laser Man was the nickname given to John Ausonius, who shot 11 people of immigrant origin, killing one, around Stockholm from August 1991 to January 1992.

Ausonius, who got his nickname by initially using a rifle equipped with a laser sight, was sentenced to life behind bars in 1994 and remains in prison.

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